Municipal land use planning allows the Town of Stratford to direct how the land within the Stratford boundaries is shaped and used, based on a shared understanding of the common priorities and values of the community. As the Shape Stratford project evolves, you will find more information on planning in Stratford and planning for housing affordability and availability below.
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The course will cover what planning is, why we plan, how planning works and how plans are applied. This course will be released as short interactive lessons throughout 2023. Planning in the Town of Stratford is a core focus of this work, but the information can be broadly applied to other communities in PEI and beyond.
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The Official Plan creates the vision for the use of the land in the Town, especially over time. It directs the use of land in the future based on considerations such as the physical, social, environmental and economic effects of past, existing and projected land use and development trends. Through policies, maps and tools for its implementation, an official plan addresses matters such as:
- the protection of resource land and natural areas;
- the location of housing, community facilities, commercial offices and industrial activities; and
- the need for essential services such as water supply, sewage disposal, roads, and parks.
The Official Plan basically says what should go where and why and sets out strategies and actions to be taken or promoted, and priorities that must be considered when making decisions about land use.
The Zoning and Development Bylaw provides for the day-to-day implementation of the Official Plan. It contains the requirements that must be met for land use and development to occur in the Town as well as the processes that the Town uses when dealing with applications. For instance, the Zoning and Development Bylaw addresses matters such as:
- the types of land uses and development permitted or restricted in a certain location (zoning);
- the standards that apply to each type of land use and development permitted (lot standards);
- the criteria to consider different types of applications for land use or development (other development standards, subdivision requirements); and
- the processes and requirements according to which applications are assessed.
The Zoning and Development Bylaw essentially says how different uses are managed and how land is developed.
Other aspects of the community may be regulated through other Town bylaws, including building code, property maintenance, animal control, noise and nuisance and more.